Asylums

Asylum Children’s Ward

Asylum Children's Ward

This image from West Park Asylum is actually two images stitched together, although they weren’t shot as a panorama at the time.  The first photo included the window, wheelchair and part of the corridor, but it was missing the Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck murals which were set slightly behind me.  After reviewing this initial […]


Take Me Down

Take Me Down

Another older image from Talgarth Asylum.  Was initially a bit disenchanted with this image when I created it, but a couple of days later it looks okay, if not particularly exciting.  I’m finding it really hard to be creative at the moment, and not at all inclined to take new photographs, which is why I […]


Desolation Echoes

Desolation Echoes

This is quite an old photograph taken at Talgarth Asylum in Wales during January 2010. It was very cold and incredibly damp in there – I don’t think I had ever been anywhere so resolutely soggy – and everything was warping, cracking, peeling, mouldering and rotting, including this magnificent old instrument that was simply left […]


Padded Hell

Padded Hell

This is an image I created a couple of months ago, but at the time it didn’t pass my high ‘quality control’ standards, not quite coming together in the way that I envisioned, and was in any case feeling too down about my work to believe that it had any potential whatsoever. Today decided that […]


Play With Me

Play With Me

It’s been a while since I posted anything here, still struggling with creativity and low mood, now at the stage where I think everything I do is not good enough, and never will be. Hmmmm – not a very good place to be, hoping it won’t be too long before it all comes back and […]


Watching and Waiting

Watching and Waiting

Been absent from here for a while – I was becoming disheartened with my work which was leading to Serious Gloom, and really needed a break from the computer – still feeling this way to be honest, but felt it was important to try working on an image and getting it posted. So not really […]


Suffer Little Children

Suffer Little Children

The children’s wards at West Park Asylum, every corridor and room is painted with bright and cheerful murals of favourite characters from fiction and film, now peeling and flaking into dust.  Labels with the names of children are attached to the wall on the left here, did these once indicate to whom these rooms belonged? […]


Your Smiling Face

Your Smiling Face

The suitcase room at West Park Asylum. The cases wait quietly on the shelves, perhaps knowing that they are only destined to travel as far as a big heap of rubble when this part of the asylum is finally demolished. Some are labelled with the names of patients, one that I opened contained something unspeakable […]


West Park Revisited

West Park Revisited

For the second of our weekend UrbEx outings last weekend, Mark and revisited West Park Asylum. He recently went back there with Jeremy, but I hadn’t been since October 2009 so was expecting to see quite a lot of changes. The first was a high green hoarding around the site, so the previous way in […]


Final Resting Place

Final Resting Place

This shows what is left of the hall at Hellingly Asylum, and of Req’s wonderful painting of Edouard Manet.  I like to think that he looks faintly horrified at the devastation before his eyes …..


A Blindness That Touches Perfection

A Blindness That Touches Perfection

This was taken in the smaller building on the opposite side of the road from the main asylum complex at Hellingly, and was possibly some kind of admin building.  There was not much left inside bar a few battered chairs and some tables, but oddly there were some shoes in two locations.  I liked this chair […]


Once More Unto the Breach

Once More Unto the Breach

A different view of the newly demolished hall at Hellingly Asylum.  This is a four shot pano of what was once the stage, where a week previously I took this multiplicity shot of  Mark and me, and you can see the green/blue/white artwork by t.wat in both photographs.  The title for this image comes from […]


Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes

Mark and I returned to Hellingly today, for what will quite probably be the very last time.  After our visit last Sunday, we both had a few more images that we wanted to take, but both of us particularly wanted to revisit the great hall, to take new and improved photographs, as neither of us […]


Spirit of the Bath

Spirit of the Bath

The beautiful painting by REQ of the ‘Bath Lady’ at Hellingly Asylum, now sadly defaced, but I was lucky enough to get a shot before this happened.  I am sure she would rather be left in peace …. 21st February 2011: I have decided to add the recent photo I took of the Bath Lady, […]


The Things We Never Say

The Things We Never Say

This is an alternative view to ‘Escape’ which was one of the ten images I submitted for my Licentiate panel with the Royal Photographic Society – the previous was shot with my 16mm fisheye, this one with a 24-70 f2.8.  The vintage toys were NOT originally at the asylum – Jeremy took them with him to […]


Three Wise Men

Three Wise Men

Another old photo from Hellingly, shot in April 2009, no less than the fifth UrbEx photo I ever took! It looks a bit HDR-ish to me, but this is in fact one photograph, although with several adjustment layers.  The first was a tone curve to give medium contrast, the second was a black to white gradient […]


Cathedral

Cathedral

The great hall at Hellingly – three shots from the stage which I merged in Photoshop, and then applied a light texture over the top.  It’s not quite right, but can’t seem to make it work tonight.  Perhaps I should just give up now and go and watch a DVD instead? See Fin DAC’s Flickr […]


Our Hearts Will Always Separate

Our Hearts Will Always Separate

Took this one at Hellingly Asylum on Sunday.  I was initially attracted to the three rooms in a row, which were all painted a different colour inside and made me think of sweets, in particular because of the tiny glass windows high above the doors, glazed with extremely thick glass now cracked like a boiled […]


Stygian Echoes

Stygian Echoes

I loved the reflection here and wanted to create a very symmetrical image, whilst at the same time giving the illusion of an almost two-dimensional collage of separate parts coming together.  The texture added is a rusted metal sheet that I photographed at Nutborne Brickworks last year, plus one from Skeltalmess, both masked out where […]


Welcome to Hellingly

Welcome to Hellingly

My favourite, FAVOURITE piece of art from Hellingly Asylum – I just love everything about this ….. Painted by Fin DAC See Fin DAC’s Flickr photostream for shots of the work in progress 🙂 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonarmourycreative/sets/72157614224158021/with/3300798269/


The Last Days of Hell / Stage Struck

The Last Days of Hell / Stage Struck

Mark and I visited Hellingly Asylum today, for what will probably be one of the last times as demolition is occurring at a rapid rate now.   A large part of the site is already built up with new houses – strange to drive past the office of the housing company and see them welcoming […]


The Lime Green Corridors of Hell

The Lime Green Corridors of Hell

This is another old shot from my very first UrbEx outing to Hellingly Asylum in April 2009, and I have decided to work on it and post it here today as I am returning to Hellingly with Mark at the weekend, for what will quite possibly be our last ever visit as the place is […]


Save Yourself From Yourself

Save Yourself From Yourself

Another old photograph from my archives, taken on my first ever visit to West Park Asylum on the 9th August 2009.   This was the most disturbing graffiti in the entire place, quite different from random tags and words daubed onto walls by various visitors since the building became derelict – this was quite obviously […]


Rusty and Crusty All The Way

Rusty and Crusty All The Way

I’ve been reviewing my older folders of photographs on my hard drive, for I know that over time, as I have been taking more and more pictures on a regular basis, I have had less time to thoroughly review each folder and ensure that I have wrung out of it every last “keeper”.  As I […]

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